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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
In this brief movie, I want to take a look at how we can align layers. In the previous movie, we explored how we could select multiple layers and then move those. Well, here let's take a look at how we can do that with this file. If I click on that layer number one, then hold down the Shift key and click on my topmost layer, I can select all of these layers here. Next, I can hover over the image with my Move tool and then simply click and drag. Well, here you can see I have all of these layers, each of them are kind of a film strip of different photographs.
Well, I want to align these layers all together. The way that we can do that is first select the layers which we want to align and then we can use these options up here in the Options bar. We can either choose to align them to their center point-- this would then cause them all to be overlapped--or we could choose to align them this way. In this sense, it would align all of their horizontal centers, and by choosing that, you can now see that all of these pictures are aligned. As I moved this around, I can't quite get it in the right spot.
Well, if you can't get it in the right spot with your mouse, you can always use your arrow keys just to nudge these around, and you can use this technique whether you have one or more layers selected. Those arrow keys will allow you to just get that in exactly the right spot of where you want it. And so here, you can see it's really easy to align multiple layers together. Again, it's all about making a selection and then using these Align icons which we have up here in our Options bar.
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